Stark II may not encompass lithotripsy, court rules

Washington-The American Lithotripsy Society (ALS) and the UrologySociety of America (USA) have successfully challenged the Stark II FinalRule designating lithotripsy a "designated health service." Accordingto a summary judgment released July 16 by the U.S. District Court in Washington,lithotripsy services were never intended to be encompassed within physicianself-referrals for "inpatient and outpatient hospital services"subject to the Stark II ban.